Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos on Wendesday commended the work of a new government study aimed at increasing government efficiency by targeting obsolete laws for elimination.
“I congratulate the Minister [of Justice Ruth Stella Correa] and her deputy ministers for [the work they have done on] an initiative I have tried to sell to congress for a long time, that of repealing laws that do not work, that are anachronistic and outdated,” said Santos.
President Santos referenced Sweden as an example of the positive effect the enactment of the study could have on government efficiency.
“I remember that Sweden devoted an entire legislature to the repealing of [obsolete] laws, and it substantially increased the efficiency of the Swedish state,” said the president.
Santos suggested that the study could be further improved by enlisting the help of universities.
“I would recommend that universities and [other] tertiary institutions assist in the identification of obsolete laws in order to expedite the process…to make the country a much more governable and efficient one,” said Santos.
The study is yet another initiative the Santos government has undertaken to streamline government efficiency. In order to combat the possibility of embezzlement, earlier this month Santos announced that the payment for an upcoming infrastructure project, the Ruta Del Sol motorway, will only be made after the job is complete and if the results meet government standards.